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Being Present to November: It’s Not Christmas Yet

Being Present to November: It’s Not Christmas Yet

If I had to guess the calendar date based on my favorite store’s décor, I would get it wrong. Fall pumpkins, cornucopias, and leafy garlands are nowhere to be found. Only messy remnants of Halloween remain on the clearance racks. Instead, I see Christmas trees, twinkle lights, and stockings. Signs and symbols of December, not early November. Whenever I see Christmas coming too early, I feel rushed and anxious. Suddenly, I think I am behind, as if I’ve missed a…

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Four Ways to Cultivate a Spirit of Thanksgiving All Month Long

Four Ways to Cultivate a Spirit of Thanksgiving All Month Long

A wave of discouragement rushed over me, as I walked out of the doctor’s office. News of another health issue left me down and discouraged. I felt tired of following the breadcrumb trail. I wanted to be done with diagnoses, recommendations, feeling fatigued and in pain. The sadness lingered as I pulled myself out of bed the next morning. It was business as usual for this mom. The children needed me, whether I felt good or not. As I pulled…

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Four Ways to Cultivate a Spirit of Thanksgiving All Month Long

Four Ways to Cultivate a Spirit of Thanksgiving All Month Long

A wave of discouragement rushed over me, as I walked out of the doctor’s office. News of another health issue left me down and discouraged. I felt tired of following the breadcrumb trail. I wanted to be done with diagnoses, recommendations, feeling fatigued and in pain. The sadness lingered as I pulled myself out of bed the next morning. It was business as usual for this mom. The children needed me, whether I felt good or not. As I pulled…

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A Month of Thanksgiving—29 (Last But Not Least)

A Month of Thanksgiving—29 (Last But Not Least)

This November, I plan to post 30 days of gratitude. Here is Day 29, my last day of A Month of Thanksgiving. 229. The first Sunday of Advent 230. All the hope, excitement and potential that Advent brings 231. Opening my Advent devotionals (Even though both start Dec. 1, I couldn’t wait! I am OK with re-reading the messages again tomorrow.) 232. Later-morning Mass on the first Sunday of Advent 233. The privilege to proclaim God’s Word as a lector 234….

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A Month of Thanksgiving—28

A Month of Thanksgiving—28

This November, I plan to post 30 days of gratitude. Here is Day 28 … ‘Twas the Night Before Advent … 209. A very part-time job that I really enjoy 210. Finding Christ-centered wrapping paper at Hobby Lobby 211. Deciding on (at least) one thing to cut back on this Advent, even though it’s so hard for me to say “no” to good things 212. Making progress on my Christmas-gift list 213. My Advent bin with our Advent wreath, candles and…

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A Month of Thanksgiving—27

A Month of Thanksgiving—27

This November, I plan to post 30 days of gratitude. The twist for the next five days is that Jenny from The Littlest Way has challenged her readers to write 20 things we are grateful for for the next five days! By Friday, we will have listed 100 things! This is a BIG challenge for me, because I am just into the 100s on my list, and it’s taken me most of November to get there! So, now I am going to…

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A Month of Thanksgiving—26

A Month of Thanksgiving—26

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is the day of gratitude. The day that this month has built up toward. What I am learning from this exercise of listing my blessings every day is that this “attitude of gratitude” is essential, not just today, not just in November, but every day of our lives. Our outlook changes, our lives change when we see it through the lens of our blessings. I know, because listing these blessings has been changing me. And it has…

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A Month of Thanksgiving—25

A Month of Thanksgiving—25

This November, I plan to post 30 days of gratitude. The twist for the next five days is that Jenny from The Littlest Way has challenged her readers to write 20 things we are grateful for for the next five days! By Friday, we will have listed 100 things! This is a BIG challenge for me, because I am just into the 100s on my list, and it’s taken me most of November to get there! So, now I am going to…

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A Month of Thanksgiving—24

A Month of Thanksgiving—24

This November, I plan to post 30 days of gratitude. The twist for the next five days is that Jenny from The Littlest Way has challenged her readers to write 20 things we are grateful for for the next five days! By Friday, we will have listed 100 things! This is a BIG challenge for me, because I am just into the 100s on my list, and it’s taken me most of November to get there! So, now I am going to…

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A Month of Thanksgiving—23

A Month of Thanksgiving—23

This November, I plan to post 30 days of gratitude. The twist for the next five days is that Jenny from The Littlest Way has challenged her readers to write 20 things we are grateful for for the next five days! By Friday, we will have listed 100 things! This is a BIG challenge for me, because I am just into the 100s on my list, and it’s taken me most of November to get there! So, now I am…

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